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Think like a … Mathematician!



As Mathematicians we BELIEVE that...

The learning of Maths at Eskdale is rooted in all of our core valuesI. We believe that the teaching of Maths at Eskdale should build on what has been learnt previously, and lay the foundations for further mathematical understanding beyond Key Stage Two. 

As Mathematicians we STRIVE to...

Our core intent is to enable all pupils to:

  • Develop an enthusiasm for how numbers work and what they can do.
  • Develop an understanding of written and mental mathematical calculations and how to perform and use them accurately.
  • Understand how to use the correct methods in the different skills areas of the maths curriculum.
  • Encourage the use of a systematic approach to mathematical investigation.
  • Gain a knowledge and understanding of how to apply their mathematical skills in a range of contexts, through reasoning and problem solving, and explaining their own thinking.


As Mathematicians we ACHIEVE by...

Maths is taught discretely at Eskdale, however opportunities are taken wherever possible to make links across our curriculum as a whole. Our method of teaching incorporates specific meta-cognitive strategies to enable all pupils to retain and build upon the learning of both skills and knowledge, typically by:

  • Practising the core, written calculations regularly through daily arithmetic tasks.
  • Recapping previous learning regularly through a daily ‘recap’ task.
  • Anchoring their learning in tasks that present new mathematical concepts in context.
  • Modelling, verbalising and practising skills.
  • Supporting where needed, whilst increasing appropriate levels of challenge as appropriate.
  • Providing opportunities for whole class, group, paired and independent work.
  • Encouraging self-assessment, target setting and reflective learning throughout the maths lesson, and the desire to aim high.

The timetabling of topics through the year:

(Timings might differ during the year to accommodate other school activities and events.)

Examples of the written methods taught for the main calculations (+ - x and รท) :

Every Day Skills


There are simple, every day facts and skills that help a child with their mathematical understanding of the world, and regular practice can make it easier to remember them. 

Here are a few examples:


- Days of the week in order.

- Months of the year in order (and the number of days in each month).

- Telling the time with an analogue clock (with hands) and THEN a digit clock face.

- How long a second / minute / hour feels like.

- Number bonds to ten, eg: what is added to 2 to make 10.

- Times tables up to 12 x 12 (no further than this is necessary).

- Names of shapes and what they look like.

- Using scales to weigh objects in grams and kilograms, and experience what their weights feel like.

- Look at packaging for weights and volumes so sizes and amounts become familiar.


Assessment in Maths at Eskdale

National Tests

The maths skills of all junior school age children are currently tested at two points:


Year 4: Multiplication Tables Check (MTC):

- Tests children's recall of the times tables up to 12 x 12

- Carried out in school, in June

- Performed online to a time limit

- Results used to identify children needing further support

- School performance data published on a national level


Year 6: Standard Attainment Tests (SATs):

- Tests children's understanding and application of the skills taught in the primary curriculum

- Carried out in school, in May

- Performed on paper to a time limit

- Reported to parents and carers in the child's end of year 6 report

- School performance data published on a national level

- Results passed on to secondary schools


Assessment in school

At Eskdale, we assess all the children's performance regularly in maths, in many different ways. This is to ensure that the correct progress is being made, and to identify where extra support / extension work might be needed.


Some of these assessment points are:

- Entry into year 3

- Daily, at the start of, during and at the end of lessons

- At the end of topics (all year groups)

- At the end of half terms (all year groups)

- In support groups

- In preparation for year 4 and year 6 national tests


Information about your child's progress will be shared with you at several points during the year:


- Open evening, midway through autumn term

- Open evening, end of spring term

- Written report, end of summer term


Of course, we do not wait for these times to pass on useful information. You might receive updates on how your child is doing at any time of the year, through less formal channels:


- Copies of work

- Marvellous Me (app used throughout the school)

- Messages in your child's home-school diary

- Phone messages

- Conversations after school


Please feel free to arrange a time to speak to your child's class teacher at any time during the year, if there is something you wish to discuss.